Telus Communications Inc.’s 5G network is now available in Drumheller, Alberta, the telecom operator announced in a recent press release. The advancement was facilitated by the company’s planned $14.5 billion investment in infrastructure and operations in Alberta through 2024.
Drumheller is a town northeast of Calgary, in the province of Alberta, known for its dinosaur museums and giant model T-Rex.
“The significant investments we are making in our world-leading network to rapidly expand our 5G footprint is enabling us to connect the citizens of Drumheller to the people, resources and critical information they need as we continue to navigate the global pandemic,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of Telus.
“Now more than ever, Telus is committed to keeping Canadians connected, productive and healthy. Indeed, the ongoing expansion of our next-generation 5G technology is bridging time and distance, allowing residents to live and work in any community without compromising productivity or economic opportunity.”
Broadband and mobile network testing expert Ookla crowned Telus Communications’ 5G network the ‘Fastest Mobile Network’ in Canada for both the first and second quarters of this year. Drumheller already had access to Telus’ PureFibre network, and now high-speed 5G stands to enable on-the-go, mobile connectivity for both residents and businesses in the town.
Telus is poised to bring its 5G network to over 615 communities across the country, including 135 communities in Alberta, by the end of the year. Beyond significantly higher speeds, 5G comes with a number of advantages over today’s 4G networks, including increased capacity, ultra-low latency, network slicing, and edge computing.
67% of Canadians currently have access to Telus Communications’ 5G network, and the telco is on track to up that number to 70% of the Canadian population by year’s end.